Atal Bihari Vajpayee Current Affairs - 2019
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The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has unveiled the life size portrait of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Central Hall of Parliament on 12th February 2018. There were many other leaders present including Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and many other Union Ministers.
Key Facts About Atal Bihari Vajpayee
- Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. He passed away on August 16, 2018.
- He was a member of the Indian Parliament for over four decades He was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh. He worked as its President from 1968 to 1972 and then resigned in 1978. He became the first President of the BJP in 1980.
- He served as the Minister of External Affairs in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Morarji Desai from 26 March 1977 to 28 July 1979
- He served three terms as the Prime Minister of India – first term was for a term of 13 days in 1996, second was for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999 and the third was for a full term from 1999 to 2004
- He was the first non-Indian National Congress leader to serve a full-term as the Indian Prime Minister.
- Under his tenure, India had conducted the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998. The Kargil War was also fought during his tenure.
- He had always given his best efforts to normalize and better relations with Pakistan.
- He was awarded the Bharat Ratna Award by the then Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015.
- His birthday is observed as the Good Governance Day
- He is also known for his poetry.
- PM Modi had released a commemorative coin in memory of Mr. Vajpayee on December 24, 2018 on the occasion of his 94th Birthday
About the Portrait
The Parliament’s Portrait Committee chaired by Sumitra Mahajan decided to install the portrait in a meeting on December 18. Portraits of former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi also adorn the walls of Central Hall.
Sadaiv Atal, the Samadhi of Atal Bihari Vajpayee was dedicated to the Nation on the birth Anniversary of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
To emphasise on the unity in diversity, stones from various parts of the country have been used in the construction of Samadhi near Rajghat in New Delhi. The Samadhi has a central platform comprising of nine square blocks, capped with a Diya in the centre. The number nine represents the navarasas, navaratras and navagrahas. The placement of the nine square blocks is in a circular lotus shaped pattern.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister of India for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born to Krishna Devi and Krishna Bihari Vajpayee on 25 December 1924 in Gwalior. He passed away on 16 August 2018 due to age-related illness. His birth anniversary is celebrated as Good Governance Day.